Andrew Mackenzie, describes the new Soheil Abedian School of Architecture building at Bond University as "a form of built pedagogy and could only have been designed by a team that has collectively clocked up over a century of architectural teaching" (The Architectural Review, 28 January 2014). But should pedagogy be cast in stone (or in this case concrete)? Mackenzie marvels at the building costing only $16.2M. However, while much of the building appears to be open plan, it would be difficult to re-purpose its fixed concrete walls, when needs change.
It would be interesting to see what the cost would be for a simple rectangular steel warehouse-style building. This could then have an internal structure rearranged to suit needs, or even have the building structure rearranged or removed. Such a structure need not be boring, as shown by Thierry Lacoste, Lacoste + Stevenson's design for a Sydney warehouse.
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